Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy.

Section: Policy into PracticeThe ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 1st November 2018

New report launched written by Carnegie Fellow, Julia Unwin CBE, and informed by a series of roundtables and events across the UK.

This report (this link will take you away from our website) brings together all that has been learnt over the last two years. It acknowledges the strong arguments against kindness, but argues that the great public policy challenges of our time demand an approach that is more centered on human relationships. It also emphasises that this is an issue of urgency and import: with technology and artificial intelligence transforming our world at speed, it is imperative that we invest equally in our emotional intelligence.

The report also includes insights from the first ever quantitative survey on kindness. The full data set will be published separately on World Kindness Day, Tuesday 13th November.

The hope is that Julia’s extraordinary reflections on the role of kindness in public policy act as the start of a conversation, and Carnegie Trust would like to involve you in this ongoing debate. Join them in this discussion on #kindness by tagging @CarnegieUKTrust. To let them know your thoughts on this important piece of work, and ideas for how to respond to the challenge of creating space for kindness in public policy, please contact

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